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  • To read the full review go to: Different antibiotic treatments for group A streptococcal pharyngitis Plain language summary Review question We wanted to know which antibiotic was more effective in treating sore throats caused by bacteria (group A beta-haemolytic streptococci (GABHS)). Background Most sore throats are caused by viruses, but many...
    April 12 2021
  • To read the full review go to Topical antibiotic prophylaxis to reduce respiratory tract infections and mortality in adults receiving mechanical ventilation Plain language summary Review question We aimed to assess the effect of two topical antibiotic regimens (selective digestive decontamination (SDD) and selective oropharyngeal decontamination (...
    February 1 2021
  • To read the full review go to Antibiotic therapy versus no antibiotic therapy for children aged 2 to 59 months with WHO-defined non-severe pneumonia and wheeze Plain language summary Review question We tried to identify whether there was a difference in the outcomes for children aged 2 to 59 months with non-severe pneumonia and wheeze, treated...
    January 27 2021
  • To read the full review go to Magnesium sulphate for treating acute bronchiolitis in children up to two years of age Plain language summary Review question We investigated the effectiveness and safety of magnesium sulphate for treating children up to two years old with acute bronchiolitis. Background Acute bronchiolitis is caused by a virus, and...
    December 21 2020
  • To read the full review go to Physical interventions to interrupt or reduce the spread of respiratory virusesPlain language summaryWhat are respiratory viruses? Respiratory viruses are viruses that infect the cells in your airways: nose, throat, and lungs. These infections can cause serious problems and affect normal breathing. They can cause flu...
    December 2 2020
  • Find out more about Cochrane's COVID-19 special collections, rapid reviews and latest initiatives here.
    September 23 2020
  • To read the full review go to Efficacy and safety of rapid tests to guide antibiotic prescriptions for sore throatPlain language summaryReview questionCan rapid point-of-care tests help reduce antibiotic use in people with acute sore throat in primary care?BackgroundSore throat is one of the most common reasons for primary care visits. It can be...
    September 23 2020
  • To read the full review go to Diagnostic test accuracy of jolt accentuation for headache in acute meningitis in the emergency settingPlain language summaryWhy is the diagnosis of acute meningitis by physical examination important?Meningitis is inflammation of the tissue that protects the brain and spinal cord (the meninges). Acute meningitis,...
    September 23 2020
  • To read the full review go to Corticosteroids as standalone or add-on treatment for sore throatPlain language summaryReview questionAre corticosteroids beneficial for people with sore throat either alone or in addition to other treatment?BackgroundSore throat is very common. Although most sore throats are caused by viruses, many people with sore...
    September 23 2020
  • To read the full review go to Exercise versus no exercise for the occurrence, severity, and duration of acute respiratory infectionsPlain language summaryReview questionDoes exercise change the occurrence, severity, or duration of acute respiratory infections such as the common cold, influenza, cough, and sore throat?BackgroundExercise has been...
    September 23 2020

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